Novelli will lead the charge in Wicklow Food and Garden Festival
International culinary star Jean Christophe Novelli will lead a brigade of Irish and international chefs who will participate in the inaugural Wicklow Food and Garden Festival in Bray on July 27 and 28.
The renowned French chef, TV presenter and author will also talk about Bray and the festival when he appears on the Miriam O'Callaghan TV show on RTE.
The Wicklow Food and Garden Festival will attract tens of thousands to Bray who will swell the crowds flocking to the Seafront for the Bray Summer Festival over what promises to be a boom weekend for the town.
The festival is designed to showcase what is best in food and gardening in Wicklow. Up to seventy local businesses from the food and gardening sectors will display their wares in the 'Bray Culinary Business Theatre' which will be located in a specially-constructed marquee on Bray Seafront.
Here some of the best known chefs in Ireland the UK and Europe will give cookery demonstrations and workshops and will talk about their craft and food philosophy.
Rory Morahan, Bray-based chef and consultant, known as 'The Druid Chef' will co-ordinate the on-stage events. Among his guests will be star celebrity Jean Christophe Novelli, who began his career at the age of 14 in his home town of Arras in Northern France. Jean will give cookery demonstrations on both days.
Less known to the public, but much admired among professionals is John Davy who will also be a guest at the festival. John works with restaurants and hospitality businesses to optimise profits, increase staff retention and perfect the guest experience. He has managed hospitality in some of the finest two and three Michelin star restaurants in France, Switzerland and London, 5 star hotels in Zurich, London, and Lausanne and in the most exclusive private members clubs in London.
TV chef Catherine Fulvio who will be attending on the Sunday afternoon, runs her 'labour of love' at Ballyknocken which is on a 350-acre working sheep farm, as well as being home to a Victorian guesthouse and award winning cookery school. Catherine has firmly established herself as a familiar face on TV screens both at home and abroad and is an established food writer and author.
Marco Roccasalvo, proprietor and head chef of Campo De Fiori will conduct an Italian Street Feast.
Comedian and impersonator Alan Short of RTE will make a guest appearance with Rory on one of the days to conduct a comedy through food demo.
Other chefs on the programme include Paul Kelly, pastry wizard at the Merrion Hotel, Peter Byrnes Gordon Ramsey Restaurant, Powerscourt, Pat Lawlor of Holland's Fine Dining, Sandeep Pandey from the Glenview Hotel, Derek Dunne of Creative Chefs Bray, Karl Clarke of the Martello, Jack Duffy of the Temple Bar restaurant 'Elephant and Castle', Sean Nelson of The Queens Dalkey, and Peter Caviston the Greystones restaurateur.
The Wicklow Food and Garden Festival promises to be a memorable event and organisers John Martin and Rory Morahan plan to develop it into one of Ireland's leading culinary festivals over the coming years.